Remember how I have good friends? Well that's still true. One of these wonderful human beings was in the Pacific Northwest and brought me back some spoils. I had specifically requested to try Moonstruck Chocolates, from Portland:
They did not disappoint. The chocolate mousse bonbon was particularly exceptional, but all were quite nice.
My friend also picked up an E. Guittard 91% bar.
I had skipped Guittard on my San Francisco trip, because they are sufficiently available in NYC. I have always thought Guittard perfectly serviceable but nothing special. This bar had the advantage of being at my favorite percentage, so I quite enjoyed it, but among 91% bars it pretty much fit the Guittard mold.
They do a nice job. It's not too fancy, and it doesn't have any weird, unpleasant tastes, but they don't get the super-rich chocolatey flavor that the best bars do. Overall a nice experience, but if you are in the market for a 90% bar, I might recommend Dolceria Bonajuto.
Bottom Line: I am still in favor of having friends.